What Leaders Are Saying About the FY19 Budget - And How You Can Join Them

What Leaders Are Saying About the FY19 Budget - And How You Can Join Them



The Trump’s administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 was released earlier this week, and already, government officials, military leaders, philanthropists and legislators from both sides of the aisle have spoken out to oppose drastic cuts to U.S. foreign assistance. These critical programs comprise roughly 1% of the federal budget, yet save millions of lives each year, while also bolstering our own national security. Every one of us must step and tell Congress: #DontCutLives.

Here’s what some of our nation’s top leaders have said in response:


Michelle Nunn, President and CEO of CARE

"America does not retreat from challenges, we lead. Our history shows that our humanitarian initiatives have saved millions of lives and made the world safer for everyone."

Melinda Gates, Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Melinda Gate at the 2011 CARE National Conference

“Budgets are a reflection of our priorities. When we cut funding for the programs that are keeping women & children alive, it sends a signal to the world that we do not care about their lives or futures.”

Rep. Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

“Fortunately, it is Congress—not the President—that has power of the purse, and I urge my colleagues to join me in ensuring that like last year, these draconian cuts are dead on arrival to Capitol Hill.”

Rep. Ed Royce, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman

“A strong, bipartisan coalition in Congress has already acted once to stop deep cuts to the State Department and Agency for International Development that would have undermined our national security. This year, we will act again.”

Retired Senior Military Leaders in a Joint Letter

“We must not undercut our nation's ability to lead around the world in such turbulent times.”

Sen. Chris Coons, Delaware

“The aid we provide to countries around the world directly advances U.S. national interests by fostering a safer and more stable world, opening markets to U.S. businesses and promoting American values.”

Rep. Karen Bass, California

“$9 billion in cuts to international diplomatic efforts will only further stunt and ultimately cripple our international prestige. Real leaders do not abandon millions seeking relief from starvation and war.”

Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vermont

“In the name of ‘efficiency’ this budget slashes funding for the very operations and programs that support U.S. global leadership and influence on which the security of the American people depends.”

Rep. Hal Rogers, Kentucky

“I firmly believe that strong investments in diplomatic and development programs are an irreplaceable component of our national security… During a time of record displacement of individuals and families, a growing number of countries facing instability, and rising global tensions, U.S. leadership abroad is critical.”


Will you add your own voice today in the fight to stop drastic cuts to foreign aid? CARE Action advocates have played a crucial role this past year pushing back on the Trump administration’s FY18 budget. But, as the world faces the biggest refugee crisis in our history, now is simply not the time for the U.S. to pull back from its leadership role. Your voice can make an incredible difference — these cuts will only become reality of Congress agrees to them. Urge your representative in Congress to oppose cuts to U.S. foreign assistance programs. 

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